Set Profile > Guildford Chambers > Guildford, England

Chambers of George Coates
Guildford Chambers
STOKE HOUSE, LEAPALE LANE
GUILDFORD
GU1 4LY
England

Family and children law Tier 2

Guildford Chambers 'is a strong set of barristers, predominantly in family law, that has established a good reputation not only locally but further afield'. Members act across the entire breadth of family instructions, including financial remedy work as well as children law matters. A set comprising of juniors, head of chambers George Coates is a key senior name for financial matters, while Fiona Griffin  and Claire Shrimpton are at the forefront of child law at the set. Counsel at this set are 'all friendly and approachable and work well with solicitors and lay clients', with Coates 'a highly-regarded barrister and well-liked by his peers'.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Claire Shrimpton - Guildford ChambersTotally professional but sympathetic towards her clients and with thorough knowledge of her subject.
Ranked: Tier 2
Fiona Griffin - Guildford ChambersShe gives down-to-earth advice and is good with the clients, putting them at their ease.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christine Julien - Guildford ChambersShe is highly experienced, has excellent manner with clients and deals with her cases calmly and with confidence.
Ranked: Tier 2
Janet Hayward - Guildford ChambersHer combined strengths are superb skills as an advocate, a wide-ranging knowledge of the issues and law in child cases and an empathy for the client's position.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Austin - Guildford ChambersA talented junior with formidable client care skills.
Ranked: Tier 4
Dominique Gillan - Guildford ChambersAlways extremely well prepared, very good with the client and not flustered by an angry opponent, she is particularly good with matters involving businesses.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

George Coates - Guildford ChambersHe is known for his reassuring manner and for being forthright and pragmatic in delivering his advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Austin - Guildford ChambersA talented junior with formidable client care skills.
Ranked: Tier 4
Dominique Gillan - Guildford ChambersAlways extremely well prepared, very good with the client and not flustered by an angry opponent, she is particularly good with matters involving businesses.
Ranked: Tier 4
Hannah McSorley - Guildford ChambersShe has good sound knowledge on complicated children cases.
Ranked: Tier 4

Property and construction

At Guildford Chambers, Rowan Morton has a broad property practice which covers issues of trusts of land, equitable accounts, adverse possession, rights of way, covenants and construction law.

Leading Juniors

Rowan Morton - Guildford ChambersExtremely knowledgeable in property and commercial litigation as well as diligent, thorough and detailed.
Ranked: Tier 1

Set overviews: England and Wales

Guildford Chambers, with bases in Guildford, London, and Reading, is a multidisciplinary set with particular strength in family law.

Testimonials

Clerks:

A friendly, approachable and knowledgeable team.

All provide an excellent service. Responsive and reliable

Both Gavin Street and Simon Morris are excellent clerks. They really value their relationships with their solicitors. They are both efficient and reliable

Clerks are exceptional, efficient and always willing to help and accommodate any situation.

Excellent as Simon and Gavin are always proactive, reliable and innovative.

Excellent. Always reliable. Very friendly and helpful when things don’t quite go according to plan due to court changes etc. Prompt in responding and providing information requested. This particularly relates to Gavin Street.

Gavin and Simon are both brilliant clerks, organised, professional and very friendly. They are both approachable and easy to work with. They are extremely helpful.

I am quite happy with the service provided by Simon and Gavin, they are quick to action and to getting back.

Set:

An important local resource. A well run and respected set.

Guildford Chambers offer an excellent service and have a good selection of very experienced practitioners.

I’ve known Guildford Chambers for thirty years and watch it grow into a well regarded, well run set of chambers which has a particular expertise in Family Law and TOLATA. The clerks are efficient and and accommodating. You feel really looked after by them.

As a Chambers they have a very strong presence in the local area and over the last few years their Commercial practice has developed significantly. In the area in question, Property and Construction, they are very strong. Their knowledge, expertise and experience in this area is comparable to and commensurate with London sets.

The set holds regular seminars on key issues or updates in particular areas and these are always topical, useful and well prepared and delivered.

Well rounded set with a variety of expertise and experience.

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Family and children law Tier 2

Guildford Chambers 'is a strong set of barristers, predominantly in family law, that has established a good reputation not only locally but further afield'. Members act across the entire breadth of family instructions, including financial remedy work as well as children law matters. A set comprising of juniors, head of chambers George Coates is a key senior name for financial matters, while Fiona Griffin  and Claire Shrimpton are at the forefront of child law at the set. Counsel at this set are 'all friendly and approachable and work well with solicitors and lay clients', with Coates 'a highly-regarded barrister and well-liked by his peers'.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Claire Shrimpton - Guildford ChambersTotally professional but sympathetic towards her clients and with thorough knowledge of her subject.
Ranked: Tier 2
Fiona Griffin - Guildford ChambersShe gives down-to-earth advice and is good with the clients, putting them at their ease.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christine Julien - Guildford ChambersShe is highly experienced, has excellent manner with clients and deals with her cases calmly and with confidence.
Ranked: Tier 2
Janet Hayward - Guildford ChambersHer combined strengths are superb skills as an advocate, a wide-ranging knowledge of the issues and law in child cases and an empathy for the client's position.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Austin - Guildford ChambersA talented junior with formidable client care skills.
Ranked: Tier 4
Dominique Gillan - Guildford ChambersAlways extremely well prepared, very good with the client and not flustered by an angry opponent, she is particularly good with matters involving businesses.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

George Coates - Guildford ChambersHe is known for his reassuring manner and for being forthright and pragmatic in delivering his advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Austin - Guildford ChambersA talented junior with formidable client care skills.
Ranked: Tier 4
Dominique Gillan - Guildford ChambersAlways extremely well prepared, very good with the client and not flustered by an angry opponent, she is particularly good with matters involving businesses.
Ranked: Tier 4
Hannah McSorley - Guildford ChambersShe has good sound knowledge on complicated children cases.
Ranked: Tier 4

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Property and construction

At Guildford Chambers, Rowan Morton has a broad property practice which covers issues of trusts of land, equitable accounts, adverse possession, rights of way, covenants and construction law.

Leading Juniors

Rowan Morton - Guildford ChambersExtremely knowledgeable in property and commercial litigation as well as diligent, thorough and detailed.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

Guildford Chambers, with bases in Guildford, London, and Reading, is a multidisciplinary set with particular strength in family law.

Testimonials

Clerks:

A friendly, approachable and knowledgeable team.

All provide an excellent service. Responsive and reliable

Both Gavin Street and Simon Morris are excellent clerks. They really value their relationships with their solicitors. They are both efficient and reliable

Clerks are exceptional, efficient and always willing to help and accommodate any situation.

Excellent as Simon and Gavin are always proactive, reliable and innovative.

Excellent. Always reliable. Very friendly and helpful when things don’t quite go according to plan due to court changes etc. Prompt in responding and providing information requested. This particularly relates to Gavin Street.

Gavin and Simon are both brilliant clerks, organised, professional and very friendly. They are both approachable and easy to work with. They are extremely helpful.

I am quite happy with the service provided by Simon and Gavin, they are quick to action and to getting back.

Set:

An important local resource. A well run and respected set.

Guildford Chambers offer an excellent service and have a good selection of very experienced practitioners.

I’ve known Guildford Chambers for thirty years and watch it grow into a well regarded, well run set of chambers which has a particular expertise in Family Law and TOLATA. The clerks are efficient and and accommodating. You feel really looked after by them.

As a Chambers they have a very strong presence in the local area and over the last few years their Commercial practice has developed significantly. In the area in question, Property and Construction, they are very strong. Their knowledge, expertise and experience in this area is comparable to and commensurate with London sets.

The set holds regular seminars on key issues or updates in particular areas and these are always topical, useful and well prepared and delivered.

Well rounded set with a variety of expertise and experience.

 

Guildford Chambers is a progressive, multi-disciplinary set of barristers, uniquely positioned to provide competitive and effective advocacy for individuals and businesses in the South East. The set’s portfolio of clients value its collaborative approach and strong and successful working relationships. Guildford Chambers operates a system of specialist practice groups which ensure clients receive the best advice and advocacy from their chosen barrister. The set’s barristers and its experienced and responsive clerking team share an uncompromising attitude to quality and client service, with a sensible approach to cost. Chambers’ core fields of specialism are family, children and finance; property; wills, trusts and probate; commercial and employment; personal injury and professional negligence; and public sector.

 

The set: Established in 1976, Guildford Chambers has a deserved reputation for excellence in its fields of practice, and a friendly, down-to-earth approach. It accepts instructions from solicitors in private or corporate practice and local authorities, and prosecutes on behalf of many agencies. Its members appear in courts and tribunals, chair arbitrations and attend conferences at venues throughout the country, and some are part-time judges. It undertakes direct professional access work and welcomes direct instructions from surveyors, accountants and members of other approved professional bodies. Members also undertake public access work.

 

Types of work undertaken: The family team deals with all aspects of divorce and separation. Expertise regarding children includes emergency protection orders, care and supervision orders, learning disability, chronic neglect, emotional abuse and sexual abuse, as well as residence and contact. Financial expertise includes the full range of financial remedy, from high-value cases often involving complex trust arrangements, family business, pension and property issues, to more straightforward cases, including middle- and low-income matters. Experience includes TOLATA/cohabitee disputes, Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 matters and Inheritance Act issues.

 

Chancery and Property work includes all areas of land law (including rights of way and other easements and restrictive covenants), proprietary estoppel and other equitable remedies, landlord and tenant, trusts of land, trusts and related tax considerations, and wills and probate.

 

Commercial litigation on behalf of corporate and private clients includes bankruptcy, company issues, contract, construction and consumer protection law.

 

Employment expertise ranges from references and recruitment issues to drafting contracts, policies and procedures, advising on employee incentive schemes, and handling director and senior executive severance, as well as representation at tribunals regarding unfair dismissal and other claims, together with disciplinary hearings.

 

Personal injury work varies in complexity and value, from routine fast-track road traffic claims to multi-track clinical negligence claims at county and High Court level. Clinical negligence is a specialism.

 

Education expertise on behalf of local authorities, responsible bodies and parents includes special education needs, disability discrimination in schools, admission and exclusion cases, and education of children in care, as well as further and higher education and education negligence issues. Members act for independent schools in relation to contractual disputes, discrimination claims, admissions and exclusions, and advise on the CSCI inspection requirements for boarding providers.

 

Professional regulatory work extends to teachers, social workers, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and dentists. Social care issues include children’s homes, boarding schools, residential special schools, domiciliary care, nurses’ agencies and matters under the jurisdiction of the healthcare commission. Regarding costs litigation, the firm has experience in conducting detailed assessments in the Senior Courts Costs Office and in county courts as the receiving party and paying party, and has been involved in many cases.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior clerk Simon Morris
First junior Gavin Street
Members of Chambers COATES, George (1990)
Members of Chambers JONES, Michael Adrian Lyster (1972)
Members of Chambers SHRIMPTON, Claire (1983)
Members of Chambers PASCALL, Matthew (1984)
Members of Chambers CLEMENTS, Paula (1985)
Members of Chambers HAYWOOD, Janet (1985)
Members of Chambers SMITHERS, Roger (1990)
Members of Chambers JULIEN, Christine (1991)
Members of Chambers SELLERS, Robin (1994)
Members of Chambers MOULDER, Paul (1997)
Members of Chambers GILLAN, Dominique (1998)
Members of Chambers TEE, Greg (1999)
Members of Chambers MITCHELL, Christian (2001)
Members of Chambers GRIFFIN, Fiona (2003)
Members of Chambers MORTON, Rowan (2004)
Members of Chambers McLAUGHLIN, Victoria (2004)
Members of Chambers CANNON, Lauren (2004)
Members of Chambers WALKER-HAWORTH, Jamie (2005)
Members of Chambers AUSTIN, Andrew (2009)
Members of Chambers McCAULEY, Christopher (2009)
Members of Chambers MINTO, Amanda (2009)
Members of Chambers McSORLEY, Hannah (2010)
Members of Chambers HOLLAND, Nicola (2010)
Members of Chambers LESTER, Jonathan (2016)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Andrew Austin  photo Andrew Austin Family Andrew accepts instructions in family law, specialising in private children and…
 George Coates photo George Coates Family George Coates specialises in financial remedies in divorce proceedings and related…
 Dominique Gillan  photo Dominique Gillan Dominique has developed an extensive practice in the field of ancillary relief.…
 Fiona Griffin photo Fiona Griffin Fiona has considerable experience representing parents, grandparents, guardians and local authorities in…
 Janet Haywood photo Janet Haywood Janet practises exclusively in family law, including children’s cases and domestic violence…
 Nicola Holland  photo Nicola Holland Nicola was graded ‘outstanding’ on the Bar Vocational Course and awarded the…
 Michael Jones  photo Michael Jones Family: Michael has experience in ancillary relief and conducting all matters in…
 Christine Julien photo Christine Julien Christine has specialized in all areas of family law for the past…
 Suzanne Kelly  photo Suzanne Kelly Suzanne represents clients in all aspects of Family Law in particular children…
Miss Harriet Lavis  photo Miss Harriet Lavis Family Harriet joined Guildford Chambers in 2017 after successfully completing her pupillage.…
 Chris McCauley  photo Chris McCauley Commercial and Company Christopher’s commercial practice has a chancery focus and his…
 Victoria McLaughlin  photo Victoria McLaughlin Ancillary relief: advising and acting in all aspects of ancillary relief and…
 Hannah Mcsorley  photo Hannah Mcsorley Hannah joined Chambers in 2011, having completed her pupillage in a leading…
 Christian Mitchell  photo Christian Mitchell Family: Christian Mitchell has extensive experience in both public and private aspects…
 Sarah Moon  photo Sarah Moon Sarah accepts instructions in all areas family law and has experience in…
 Rowan Morton photo Rowan Morton Property Rowan has a diverse property practice that incorporates ToLATA, proprietary estoppel,…
 Paul Moulder  photo Paul Moulder Property Paul is regularly instructed by landlords and tenants in relation to…
 Katharine Rock  photo Katharine Rock Katharine joined Guildford Chambers as a family pupil in 2018. She read…
 Robin Sellers  photo Robin Sellers Crime: Robin has practised as a criminal barrister for over 20 years,…
 Claire Shrimpton photo Claire Shrimpton Claire is an experienced family law practitioner with proven skills in the…
 Laura Smallwood  photo Laura Smallwood Laura practised in London and then at Guildford Chambers, predominantly in landlord…
 Luke Trim  photo Luke Trim Luke joined Guildford Chambers in 2018 as a civil law pupil. Luke…
 Jamie Walker-Haworth  photo Jamie Walker-Haworth Personal Injury Prior to joining chambers, Jamie spent 8 years as an…